Here in Ohio, we have our fair share of all things eerie, ghostly and just straight up creepy. The following are what we think are the top haunted places in Ohio—and are places to be avoided at all costs (unless, of course you really are trying to terrify yourself.)
1) Ohio State Reformatory
Formerly known as the Mansfield Reformatory, this historic prison is the site where the state's most violent ghosts can be found. Spirits of rioting inmates who often fought each other to the death in overcrowded isolation cells haunt the halls and cells of this former prison.
2) The Ridges
What was once the Athens Lunatic Asylum is now owned by Ohio University, but parts of the facility still hold shadows, stains and spirits of former mental patients who often suffered from violent treatments such as lobotomies.
3) Hell Town
The people of the former town of Boston Mills were mysteriously order by the US government to leave the town in the early 70s. Whether Satanic activity, government conspiracy or mutated citizens lead to the town's sudden evacuation, the abandoned homes, buildings and streets are said to be haunted today by the spirits of those who didn't want to leave.
4) Beaver Creek Sate Park
Parts of Ohio's canal built in the early 1800s can be found throughout this park, and two canal locks in particular are said to be haunted by ghosts of canal workers who died on the job.
5) Mudhouse Mansion
Isolated in Fairfield County stands this abandoned mansion, where it is rumored that ghosts of families who once lived here haunt the grounds and house. One story claims that a Civil War slave who murdered his master and his master's family wanders the grounds at night.
6) Walhalla Road
Within a unique geographical niche in north Columbus winds Walhalla Road, where it is said that passerby are haunted by a man who killed his wife before committing suicide beneath the road's bridge.
7) Franklin Castle
Cleveland is home to what is considered to be Ohio's most haunted house, where secret passageways, hidden rooms and ghosts of families who have lived in the historic mansion abound.
8) Moonville Tunnel
The abandoned town of Moonville in southeastern Ohio holds a haunted tunnel, where legend has it the ghost of a man who was killed instantly by a train passing through the tunnel wanders along the track bed near the old tunnel at night.
9) Majestic Theatre
America's oldest continuously operating theater—built in 1853 and bound to have a haunting or two—can be found in Chillicothe. What was once the Masonic Opera House is now a normal, fully functioning theater —with the exception of a ghostly little girl, mysterious fogs and a voice asking for someone named Andrew.
10) Lima Tuberculosis Hospital
Hidden behind a small neighborhood on Lima's far west side, sits this abandoned TB ward, where the ghosts of patients wander the halls and hospital grounds.
11) Squire's Castle
While certainly charming in the daylight, this small castle within Cleveland Metroparks is haunted nightly by a shadowy figure with a red lantern.
If you thought Ohio was warm and welcoming before, you probably don’t now. Do you know any haunted places in Ohio that we forgot? Please let us know in the comments… so we can avoid them 🙂